Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)

c.1807–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 x 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06064
Turner Bequest XCVI 72 a

Catalogue entry

See note to folio 68 of the sketchbook (D06053) for background to these verses. Rosalind Mallord Turner, though she attempted readings of most of the related verses in this sketchbook, was unable to progress further than the first line on this leaf, ‘Raised like the house by some rude affront’. The present writer is also unable to decipher the remaining twelve lines. The theme, however, must be the demolition of Alexander Pope’s villa at Twickenham, in 1807; see also, chiefly, folio 45 (D06015).

David Blayney Brown
October 2006

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